At the start of this weekend, the 1989 JA asteroid will zoom past Earth at incredible velocity. The space rock is considered “potentially hazardous” by NASA, and for a good reason: it measures 1.8 kilometers in diameter. We should all feel grateful that our planet’s name isn’t written on the asteroid.
If the 1989 JA asteroid hits our planet, the damage would easily be on a global scale. It would most probably mean the end of humanity. The space rock’s approach once again reminds us all how truly vulnerable our planet is in the face of such huge asteroids. However, you can also watch the asteroid if you have what’s required, including a little sense of adventure.
You can see the 1989 JA asteroid with a telescope
There’s a chance to see the 1989 JA asteroid as it passes by Earth, but there’s no use in relying on the naked eye for it. Instead, you can spot it through a telescope, according to CNET.
1989 JA will pass by Earth this Friday at a distance of within 4 million kilometers. At an astronomical scale, that distance means practically nothing. But for us, it’s truly life-saving. That makes the asteroid approach at a much larger distance than the one that separates our planet from the Moon.
Some asteroids out there in the Solar System (and there are many, maybe even millions only in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Saturn) can be so large that they can have rings or moons. The speed at which an asteroid moves depends on its distance from the Sun, but they’re usually terrifyingly high. For instance, the 1989 JA asteroid that makes the subject of our article travels at about 76,000 km/h.
In the end, if the misanthrope in you was hoping for the end of the world, we’re GLAD to disappoint you! 1989 JA will NOT hit our planet!